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Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless was founded in 1987 to break down barriers to access to justice for people struggling with homelessness in the nation's capital. The Legal Clinic envisions a just and inclusive community for all residents of the District of Columbia, where housing is a human right and where every individual and family has equal access to the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to use the law to make justice a reality for our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty. Combining community lawyering and advocacy to achieve our clients’ goals, our expert staff and network of volunteer attorneys provide low barrier, comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services. Rooted in the experiences of this client work, we effectively blend system reform efforts, policy advocacy, community education and client engagement to advocate for long term improvements in local and federal programs that serve the low- and no-income community.

1200 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

202-328-5500
Provide transportation for four clients to travel to the Wilson Building to testify at a DC Council hearing or meet with their elected officials about the need to expand affordable housing resources.
Provide a "Know Your Rights" training at a shelter or day center so that residents experiencing homelessness are educated about their rights.
Allow two tenant associations to meet with lawyers to support their efforts to preserve their housing as affordable.
Provide three Homelessness 101 trainings to teach police officers, library staff and local businesses about the challenges our clients face and the human financial costs of criminalizing homelessness.
Support the provision of pro bono legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, helping our clients to access housing, shelter, and life-saving services.
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